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Review of Broseley Serrano 5 woodburning stove

Serrano 5 Stove

Phil Dawson 8 years ago

As there was no option to review the Serrano 5 in its own category, I have decided to add it here as both stoves appear to be very similar, the 5 being a bit deeper (411mm) with a larger firebox.\n\nWe bought this to replace a 20 year old Coalbrookrdale Much Wenlock which had suffered from being over fired a couple of times and was also a bit too hot for the room it was in. Being a bit suspicious of the modern steal constructed stoves, we liked the broseley because of its solid cast iron construction (weight 110 kilo's !!). The stove is well made being entirely of cast iron including the fire bricks and baffle which are very easy to remove having no fixings they just lift out along with the grate making cleaning easy.\n\nOnly problem we had was the cast iron fire bricks and baffle needed a bit of filing/grinding off of ruff edges before they would fit properly. Why couldn't they do that at the factory? \n\nWe also had a 5 flue liner fitted because our existing flue did not meet the specification of less than 8 square. Ours was over 12 square.\n\nVery pleased with the stove and the installation. It lights first time every time and we have no problem getting a roaring fire going. Once hot it is very controllable from flames shooting round the baffle to slow dancing patterns if the controls are closed down completely (However if you run it to low for too long it will soot up the glass eventually). The heat out put is amazing I think it is as hot as the wenlock. As for the Air wash, it works reasonably well but it needs to be run fairly hot to keep the glass clean all evening/day. As it cools down the glass does soot up and usually needs a wipe in the morning. Run low, especially when refuelling and it will soot up. Cleaning is easy though. We just use a damp cloth or sponge dipped in the wood ash and it cleans up with no problem.\n\nAs far as burning overnight, we have only burned wood, I don't think any stove of this size would burn overnight unless smokeless fuel was used, as we haven't tried that yet I've given a 3. \n\nAll together a good buy. Very happy with it. Nice looking stove, well constructed and very easy to use and control. \n

Stove expert replied: Nice review with honest feedback in areas that have been a little less good.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.1)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 3.7)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.4)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 2.9)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.4)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 2.6)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 2.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 2.8)